London's Adelphi Theatre is already reporting that all performances of the Broadway transfer Chicago are completely sold out to 24 April. The smash hit success is now extending its booking period at the Theatre from 18 April to 31 October 1998. The slick, Kander and Ebb musical has been consistently oversubscribed since its opening at the Adelphi in November 1997. It's box-office gold is also a reflection of its critical acclaim. This past week it received 7 nominations for the 1998 Laurence Olivier awards, including one a piece for stars Ute Lemper and Ruthie Henshall as Best Actress in a Musical. Co-star Henry Goodman was also nominated for Best Actor in a Musical. Other nominations included Best Director for Walter Bobbie, Best Theatre Choreographer for Ann Reinking, Best Costume Designer for William Ivey Long and Most Outstanding Musical Production
Henshall, who has previously starred in Crazy for You and Oliver!, plays Roxie, a chorus girl who has murdered her lover but manages to get acquitted with the help of Goodman's sleazy lawyer. She teams up with fellow murderess Ute Lemper for a double act to keep them in the public eye.
The Broadway revival of the 1975 musical won six Tony Awards last year and looks like it will be playing to sell-out houses on both sides of the Atlantic for some time to come.